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The Best Worst Luck in the World  三度躲過死神的幸運男

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The Best Worst Luck in the World 三度躲過死神的幸運男
Learn how one man was attacked by three deadly creatures and still lived to tell the tale.
來認識被三種致命生物攻擊過後還能熬過來的男人。

 

 

   For anyone who enjoys going outdoors, being attacked by wild animals is a true nightmare. One unfortunate man has been attacked, and lived to tell the tale, no less than three times.
   Dylan McWilliams, a 20-year-old American, loves the outdoors. The outdoors, however, clearly doesn’t have much love for him. Three years ago, a rattlesnake bit him during a hike in Utah. Luckily, there wasn’t much venom in its bite that day, so he only got sick for a few days.
   Later, during a Colorado camping trip in July of 2017, a black bear grabbed him by the back of the head with its teeth. Only by hitting the bear in the eye was McWilliams able to get away. He was injured but alive.
   The latest attack came in April of this year. McWilliams was bodyboarding off the coast of Hawaii when a two-meter-long tiger shark took a bite out of his leg. The young man managed to kick the huge beast away and swim to shore. If trouble really does come in threes, McWilliams shouldn’t have any more close brushes with death. Let’s hope his luck doesn’t run out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   對任何一位喜歡戶外活動的人來說,被野生動物攻擊真的是一場惡夢。有一位不幸的男子被攻擊多達三次後還存活了下來。
  狄倫‧麥克威廉斯是一位熱愛戶外活動的二十歲美國人。然而,野外顯然不大眷顧他。三年前,他在猶他州健行的途中,一條響尾蛇咬了他。幸運的是,那天被蛇咬的傷口上沒有太多毒液,所以他只生病了幾天。
  後來,在 2017 年七月的科羅拉多州露營之旅中,一隻黑熊用牙齒咬住他的後腦勺。麥克威廉斯唯有靠打那隻熊的眼睛才成功逃跑。他負傷但活了下來。
  最近一次的攻擊事件發生在今年四月。麥克威廉斯在夏威夷近海玩趴板衝浪時,一條兩公尺長的虎鯊在他的腿上咬了一口。這個年輕人設法把這隻巨大的野獸踹開並游上岸。假如麻煩真的只來三次的話,麥克威廉斯應該就不會再有任何瀕死經驗了。咱們就期盼他的好運不會用盡。

 

1. wild a. 野生的
Hunting wild ducks is not allowed in this area.
獵野鴨在這個地區是不被允許的。

2. unfortunate a. 倒楣的;不幸的;令人遺憾的
fortunate a. 幸運的
We were all very sad when we heard about Mr. Chen’s unfortunate accident.
聽到陳先生發生不幸的意外後,我們都感到非常難過。
Bruce was fortunate enough to win the lottery last night.
布魯斯昨晚很幸運中了樂透。

3. no less than + 數字詞 + N  多達∕不少於∕至少……
There were no less than 100 people lining up there to buy movie tickets.
那裡至少有上百人在排隊買電影票。

4. hike n. 徒步旅行,遠足
We need to walk at least 10 kilometers a day if we want to finish this hike in a month.
我們一天至少需要走十公里才能在一個月內完成這趟徒步旅行。

5. luckily adv. 幸運地
The disease spread rapidly throughout the country, but luckily no one died.
該疾病迅速蔓延至全國各地,所幸沒有人死亡。

6. beast n. 野獸
Just as the lion is the king of beasts, so the eagle is the king of birds.
正如獅子是百獸之王,老鷹即是百鳥之王。

7. brush with death n. 瀕死經驗
Gary values his life a lot more since his brush with death in the accident.
蓋瑞自從在車禍中有過瀕死經驗後,他更加重視自己的生命。

8. run out (of…)  用完∕耗盡(……)
Rachel happened to run out of salt while she was cooking yesterday.
昨天瑞秋在煮飯時碰巧鹽用完了。

 

▼ deadly a. 致命的
▼ nightmare
n. 惡夢,夢魘
▼ rattlesnake
n. 響尾蛇
▼ venom
n.(蛇、昆蟲等的)毒液
▼ bodyboard
vi. 玩趴板衝浪

 

「熬過來」要怎麼說
本文副標中的片語 live to tell the tale 字面上的意思為「活著說故事」,但真正的意思其實是「熬過來,挺過來」。另外還有一個意思相近的片語為 make it through…,表「熬過∕度過……(難關)」。例:

Jack had a horrible journey, but he lived to tell the tale.
(傑克的旅程很恐怖,但他熬了過來。)

Kelly has made it through the worst of the cancer treatment and is starting to feel better.
(凱莉已熬過癌症治療最難受的階段,並已開始康復。)

 


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